John Anthony West delivered a seismic shock to archaeology in the early 1990s when he and Boston University geologist Dr. Robert Schoch revealed that the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt, showed evidence of rainfall erosion. Such erosion could only mean that the Sphinx was carved during or before the rains that marked the transition of northern Africa from the last Ice Age to the present interglacial epoch, a transition that occurred in the millennia from 10,000 to 5,000 BC.
“Egyptian civilization was not a development, it was a legacy”
One of the main themes running through many of his books is a posited global connection with a "mother culture" from which he believes all ancient historical civilisations sprang. An example of pseudoarchaeology, his work has neither been peer reviewed nor published in academic journals
Gary Osborn is a writer, researcher of ancient mysteries, and coauthor of several books, including The Serpent Grail and The Shining Ones. He lives in North Devon, England.
Brad Klausen is a graphic designer / illustrator who grew up in southern California and moved to Seattle in 1999 to begin a nine-year career as the in-house graphic designer for the band Pearl Jam. In July 2007 he launched Artillery Design, his one-man design shop where he continues to make posters for Pearl Jam and other bands like the Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Built to Spill, Widespread Panic and many others.
Dr. Cheak studied classical Sanskrit, German, Greek, religious studies, philosophy and classics at the University of Queensland. His research interests encompass the phenomenology of consciousness, nondual currents in eastern and western philosophy, and the traditional hieratic sciences (magic, theurgy, alchemy, tantra). For the past seven years, Cheak’s research has concentrated on the deep interstices between integral and hermetic philosophy, focusing on the lives and works of two of the twentieth-century’s most neglected phenomenologists of consciousness: French Ägyptosoph, René Schwaller de Lubicz, and German Kulturphilosoph, Jean Gebser. Despite a strong academic background, Cheak believes (with Suhrawardi) that philosophy must go hand in hand with higher modes of experiential apperception, and in this respect he is devoted to the cultivation of nondualistic epistemologies within the academy. Cheak has also been trained in the preparation of spagyric elixirs at the Paracelsus College in Victoria, and is currently undertaking training within the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism. He presently resides on the eastern coast of Australia, where he maintains an active interest in tea, wine, poetry, typography and alchemy. He has appeared in Khthonios (2003), Thunderbolt (2003-4), Journal for the Academic Study of Magic (2004), Occult Traditions (2012), Alchemical Traditions (2013), Heretic (2014), and Clavis (2014).
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. At Cambridge University he worked in developmental biology as a Fellow of Clare College. He was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and From 2005 to 2010 was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, Cambridge.
Laird Scranton is an independent software designer who became interested in Dogon mythology and symbolism in the early 1990s. He has studied ancient myth, language, and cosmology since 1997 and has been a lecturer at Colgate University. He also appears in John Anthony West’s Magical Egypt DVD series. He lives in Albany, New York.
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Gary Joseph Lachman, also known as Gary Valentine, is an American writer and musician. He came to prominence in the mid-1970s as the bass guitarist for the punk rock/new wave band Blondie.
Dr. Stephen Skinner is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. He was responsible for introducing real feng shui to the West, and wrote the first 20th century English book on the subject in 1976. His first profession was that of Geography Lecturer, at what is now the University of Technology in Sydney. He completed his Ph.D in Classics at the University of Newcastle with a thesis on the transmission of magical methods and implements from the Graeco-Egyptian world to the grimoires.